Clark Moseley, CEO of the project, noted the approval and rigorous process validated Morrow Pacific’s dedication to the environment. “We are committed to doing business the Oregon way,” he said; pending Q1 2015 operation, the project is petitioning further permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Oregon’s Department of State Lands.

The project will ship low-sulfur coal via rail from Intermountain states to the Port of Morrow near Boardman, Ore., before being transferred to an enclosed storage facility and loaded onto covered barges through an enclosed conveyor.

Next, the coal will be shipped down the Columbia River to the Port of St. Helens’ Port Westward Industrial Park. Once there, enclosed transloaders will place the coal onto covered, oceangoing Panamax ships bound for markets including Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.